If the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) sticks by its allegations that the Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) are responsible for illegal mining in the State, it should order the Central Bureau of Investigation to inquire into it, U.T. Khader, Mangalore MLA, said here on Wednesday.

Referring to BJP MP D.V. Sadananda Gowda's recent statements in the media that the Congress and the JD (S) government had approved mining leases in the State, Mr. Khader said that if the two parties were responsible for illegal mining, the BJP had nothing to fear and could ask the CBI to inquire.

The BJP government was in power and could easily direct an investigation, he said. “Nobody should be spared, irrespective of which party the wrong-doer belongs to,” Mr. Khader said at a press conference here.

‘It's duty'

Countering Mr. Gowda's statements, Mr. Khader said that it was the duty of the government to approve applications where they complied with the law.

The BJP government on the other hand had presided over large-scale illegal export of iron ore.

Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa himself had admitted that a huge quantity of ore had been illegally exported during his tenure. Even ore seized by the Lokayukta had been illegally exported, he said.

State Secretary of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee Ivan D'Souza said that the Governor should dismiss the BJP government in the State.

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